The Democrats in Massachusetts, led by Martha Coakley, have run an embarrassing campaign.
That said, when Scott Brown says “I’m not sure about that,” when referring to whether Barack Obama’s mother was married or if she had him out of wedlock, it makes the case for voting against this ignorant cretin. Besides, who cares if she was single? After all, look where Obama landed in his life. He’s President of the United States, with a resume before something that would make any parent proud. In fact, Michelle Obama said Barack’s mother was single. Via MSNBC’s First Read:
“I want to make sure that people, that people understand that as Barack talks about his personal experiences growing up without a father, that in no way doesn’t recognize that there are serious problems in the system,” she said. “As we are talking about that fight, we also have to recognize that there are some people who do have complete ability and access to do what they need to do.”
The Kansas City roundtable, held at the city’s University of Missouri campus, was the aspiring First Lady’s second in as many days. Yesterday, she held a similar event in Pontiac, Michigan, before a crowded auditorium of mostly black women where they discussed soaring health care costs and unemployment.
Today’s audience was also made up of almost all women, but the crowd in the more affluent university area was more mixed. Participants mentioned college-loan payments and day-care fees as monthly costs that drive them to scrimp and cut corners.
Obama used the roundtable audience, as she did yesterday, to describe her husband’s understanding of women’s issues through the prism of the strong — but sometimes struggling — women in his life.
His own mother, she said at the beginning of her remarks, was “very young and very single when she had him.” And, Obama added, he has observed his wife’s attempts to reconcile motherhood with her career aspirations.
“He sees me, his wife, who struggles every day with that guilt that we all hold deep in our hearts as women,” she said. “That guilt that you don’t have the choice to stay home, and even if you do, you feel guilty.”
“He has seen me struggle with this my entire life,” she added. “Trust me, Barack understands the struggles of women.”
Isn’t that the whole point? (Because, to add, does anyone think Republicans have women’s best interests in mind?)
Brian Beutler reports Obama’s parents were married, but again, considering where he ended up who cares?
It makes this all the more depressing, which can be filed under “the enthusiasm gap.”
He’s drawing crowds rarely seen by Republicans in this state and seems to have more organic support than Coakley, an impression underscored by the imperfect measurement of yard signs spotted for the Republican (many) and the Democrat (none) along the South Shore and on the Cape.
That Scott Brown chuckles at a news anchor who may have the facts wrong, smearing Obama’s mother either way, who against all odds produced a remarkable son, shows such stunning ignorance from all sides, while also reminding everyone that the clucking, negative campaigning, especially from the left, does a disservice to everyone.
Bill Clinton landed in Massachusetts for Martha yesterday, Obama today. Let’s hope they can drag this candidacy over the finish line in the win column. But regardless, it’s been an embarrassing debacle for Democrats.